take-up

noun
\ ˈtāk-ˌəp How to pronounce take-up (audio) \

Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

verb

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer
c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients
4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet
b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, up, uphold, uplift, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence

Verb

please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly

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Sherman-Palladino scored Emmys for the pilot episode of Maisel, which centers on a New York City housewife who takes up stand-up comedy in the 1950s. Lily Rose, Glamour, "Amy Sherman-Palladino Made History at the 2018 Emmys Last Night," 18 Sep. 2018 Buy Photo With electricity cut off and another heatwave coming, the ICE protestors who have taken up residence under tarps in front of City Hall are searching for ways to safely sustain their occupation. Philly.com, "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 Despite shaky evidence for the claim, Krauthammer was foremost among pundits who took up the president's cause, excoriating anyone who opposed it or hesitated, from the Swedish weapons inspector Hans Blix to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Adam Bernstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 Despite shaky evidence for the claim, Krauthammer was foremost among pundits who took up the president's cause, excoriating anyone who opposed it or hesitated, including the Swedish weapons inspector Hans Blix and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Adam Bernstein, latimes.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 Despite shaky evidence for the claim, Krauthammer was foremost among pundits who took up the president’s cause, excoriating anyone who opposed it or hesitated, from the Swedish weapons inspector Hans Blix to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 The trial attorneys who took up their fight for justice worked throughout this difficult process to protect the survivors and their right to speak out. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Lawmakers: John Engler must step down from MSU presidency," 14 June 2018 Meanwhile, the three food and flavor companies have signed a contract agreeing to buy the vanilla directly from the 1,000 or so farmers in the cooperative, rather than through the middlemen who can take up to a 60% cut for themselves. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 Patrick’s father, David (Hugo Weaving), is a sadistic aesthete who has taken up cruelty in place of a profession. Joy Press, HWD, "Patrick Melrose: How Benedict Cumberbatch Climbed Inside His Favorite Antihero," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of take-up

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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More Definitions for take-up

take-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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